Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.
The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.
Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit www.afm.org/join.
This guide is for drummers in contemporary churches or for drummers in traditional churches that are transitioning from organ or piano to worship supported by a full rhythm section. Author Carl Albrecht of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) shares his more than 30 years of experience in the modern worship movement. The book addresses important traditional […]
This collection of 15 classic tunes is arranged for three ukuleles. Each arrangement features melody, harmony, and bass lines playable by any combination of soprano, concert, tenor, or baritone ukulele. Chord symbols are also provided if you want to add a rhythm part. Among the classic tunes included are “Autumn Leaves,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “It […]
Famous Saxophone Solos presents clear transcriptions for some of the best-known smooth jazz, rock, and R&B saxophone soloists. Meticulously detailed, these transcriptions give you insight into the musicians behind the pieces. Among the 17 solos included are “Still Crazy After All These Years” (Michael Brecker), “Ooh Baby Baby” (David Sanborn), “Morning Dance” (Jay Beckenstein), “I […]
This Home Recording Handbook will show you how to use affordable equipment to make high quality recordings. The book covers the whole process—choosing equipment, software, microphones; tracking; mixing; mastering; using compression, EQ, and outboard effects; building a recording room; how to record various instruments and vocals; and more. This comprehensive guide comes with a 98-track CD […]
Author Doug Redler, who has been a guitar tech to the Black Crowes, Goo Goo Dolls, the Dixie Chicks, the B-52s, Paul Simon, and more, shares his trade secrets to reveal how anyone with a little mechanical ability can maintain their own gear. He covers such topics as proper stringing techniques, evaluating the guitar neck, […]
Hal Leonard’s Cheat Sheets series includes intros and interludes, lyrics and chords, in an easy to follow format for guitar or piano. The books are bound for ease of display on the piano or music stand and designed for minimal page turns. Among the 100 Classic Rock piano cheat sheets are: “Candle in the Wind” […]
Improvisation for Flute is a treasured resource for players worldwide with its step-by-step exercises and explanations to help you develop your ear and improve your soloing technique. Improvisation for Flute will teach you how to better use distinctive qualities associated with modes and scales for expressive soloing; licks typical of each mode and scale; solos […]
Music & Copyright in America examines the relationship between new technologies and music copyright in the context of the history of music copyright, from its origins in the early 19th Century through today. Attorney, educator, and entrepreneur Kevin Parks also presents a cultural history of how Americans have created and listened to music over time. […]
The Jazz Masters Method DVD from artist and educator Steve Nixon will show you how to play and improvise in the styles of the great jazz piano masters the late Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Ray Charles, Bud Powell, and Red Garland, and Local 802 (New York City) members Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, and […]
The Real Cool Book is a collection of 14 transcribed five-horn octet charts of West Coast “cool jazz” classics that is perfect for professional, college, and advanced groups. The eight separate books come in one big binder with transposed parts for piano, bass, drums, trombone, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, and baritone sax. Horn parts in […]